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Houston Marathon Committee, Inc. (HMC) Code of Conduct and Safety Information

At the HMC Race Weekend of Events, safety is our top priority. The HMC works closely with local public safety agencies to provide a safe and secure event.  Agency partners include the Houston Police Department, the Houston Fire Department, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, the Office of Emergency Management and many other organizations.  In order to create the best experience for our participants, spectators, sponsors, volunteers and our community, please see the important information below from our race officials.

PACKET PICK-UP: All runners must have a valid, government-issued photo ID to pick up their packets. If picking up for a friend, you will need a signed copy of their final confirmation along with an electronic or printed copy of their government-issued photo ID.

BAGGAGE INSPECTION: All bags and items entering HMC venues and events may be subject to search. To expedite longer lines and avoid possible bag searches throughout race weekend, the HMC strongly discourages bringing any type of backpacks or large bags other than the race-issued clear Gear Check Bag.

GEAR CHECK: Clear Gear Check Bags will be provided to all registered runners at Packet Pick-Up in the EXPO. Runners may check the clear Gear Check bag in the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB) on race day. Clear bags containing other bags will not be accepted. Arrive early to avoid any delays on race morning. The GRB will be open to runners at 5:00 a.m.

RUNNING ETIQUETTE: Be considerate of those around you.  Do not run in groups of more than three abreast. Do not stop abruptly at aid stations or to tie your shoe or for any reason without being aware of your surroundings.  The wearing of headphones is discouraged, but if you are wearing headphones, be sure you can hear what is going on around you and be aware that emergency vehicles may be on the course at any time.

MOBILE DEVICES: On race day, the use of mobile devices for photography and social updates is strongly discouraged. The use of selfie sticks is prohibited for your safety and the safety of those around you. Do not stop to take photographs on the race course or on the finish line.

SAFETY: If you see a runner in distress, offer assistance and alert the nearest race official. If the situation appears to be urgent, call 911. Visit our website to learn about Hands Only CPR and how you can help save a life.

SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING:  If you see suspicious behavior, make the call. Notify a race official, uniformed official or call 911.





To receive important race updates and information in case of an emergency, please do the following:

  • Download the Chevron Houston Marathon mobile app and Click “Ok” to receive notifications. Push notifications may be sent out with important race alerts.
  • Follow the Chevron Houston Marathon on Facebook and Twitter

Twitter Handle: @HoustonMarathon

  • Visit the HoustonMarathon.com website.
  • Tune to Channel 13 (ABC13) or espn3.com on race day from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Visit abc13.com on race day beginning at 7:00 a.m. to watch a live stream of the elite race and the finish line cameras.

In case of emergency, the above resources will be the best places to receive the latest information about our events.

Houston Marathon Committee, Inc. Prohibited Items/Actions List*

For the safety of our runners, volunteers, spectators, sponsors and vendors, the following items and actions are prohibited from all Houston Marathon Committee, Inc. (“HMC”) events and venues:

  • Weapons of any kind
    • Firearms; the HMC prohibits the carrying of all firearms at our sanctioned events, in addition, firearms are explicitly prohibited in Discovery Green and in the George R. Brown Convention Center at EXPO and on Race Day in HMC licensed areas.
      • Please be aware that there are a number of venues used throughout race weekend that may have its own rules and regulations regarding carrying firearms; these rules are beyond the control of the HMC.
    • Any item that could be considered dangerous including, but not limited to, mace, tasers, knives, bats, tools, and sharp objects.
  • Bags
    • Backpacks, Duffle Bags, Suitcases
    • Any bag other than the official bag provided by the HMC for race day gear check
    • ‘Camelbacks’ and similar hydration systems are permitted
  • Miscellaneous Items:
    • Costumes that cover the face and any bulky costumes that extend beyond the body
    • Unmanned aircraft systems, drones, photography mini-copters
      • The taking off and flying over any part of the course is a violation of HMC controlled property and can be considered trespassing. In addition, any video recordings of the event are considered property of the HMC.
    • Selfie sticks and other hand-held extension poles for cameras and mobile devices that are not attached directly to the user
    • Flammable liquids, fuel, fireworks, flare guns, explosives
    • Alcoholic beverages and illegal substances of any kind
    • Animals/Pets
    • Glass containers
    • Coolers
    • Headphones, the HMC highly discourages the use of headphones on the course. If you are wearing headphones, make sure you can hear what is going on around you and be aware that emergency vehicles may be on the course at any time.
    • Strollers, bicycles, roller blades/skates, skateboards, wheelbarrows and wagons
      • Any item with wheels, beyond what is allowed in the wheelchair and hand cycle divisions of the events
    • Props and anything that may pose a tripping or safety hazard or may divert the attention of a runner from the road or other runners on the course
      • Examples include, signs, sports equipment, and oversized flags or flagpoles
    • All participants are subject to the USATF and IAAF Competition Rules.
  • Bandit Runners
    • Only registered runners wearing their personally assigned bib may participate in the Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon and ABB 5K.
    • No one is permitted to be on the race courses without an official race bib for the event in which they have been registered.
      • In addition, registered participants are prohibited from crossing the finish line with anyone who is not wearing an official race bib, including children.
    • The Houston Marathon does NOT allow the transfer of registrations/bibs to others. If you are unable to participate in the marathon or half marathon, you have the option to defer your entry to the following year. Please see the registration page for full details and deadlines.
    • Registered runners who give their bib to another person and the person to whom the bib is given will be disqualified and prohibited from participating in subsequent Houston Marathon events for a minimum of two years.